SUSTAINABILITY

GreenFirst Approach

GreenFirst is our corporate philosophy that underpins Laminex® Australia’s approach to sustainability.

Laminex strongly believes in the importance of supporting sustainable building practices, offering an extensive range of environmentally-preferable product solutions that deliver against industry standards and reduce our overall environmental impact.

For this reason, we’re putting ‘Green First’ and employing a range of processes, as well as the latest technology to ensure we reduce our carbon footprint and deliver environmentally-preferable products.

Timber Certifications

As a large manufacturer of wood products, we respect and support responsible forest management and are committed to producing quality products that are backed by globally recognised certifications.

Global GreenTagCertTM Certified Products

Laminex Australia is proud to offer a leading range of Global GreenTagCertTM independently certified products. This certification represents the benchmark for sustainability credentials, being a globally respected environmental certification system.

Low Emission Products

Laminex Australia recognises the benefits low emission products present in sustainable building projects. All of our Australian made Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF), has extremely low formaldehyde E0 rating.

ISO 14001 Certification

Laminex Australia also maintains ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification for all manufacturing sites and is progressively embarking on a number of waste and emission reduction initiatives to reduce our overall environmental impact.

Green Building Council Membership

Laminex Australia is member of the Green Building Council of Australia, with GBCA accredited professionals.

Product Leadership

Laminex® Australia has developed a comprehensive range of environmentally-preferable product solutions that assist with delivery of Green Star® rated projects. We work closely with the Green Building Council of Australia and Global GreenTagCertTM to gain an in-depth understanding, ensuring we deliver products that will help maximise Green Star credits.

Low Emission Products

Laminex Australia recognises the benefits that low emission products achieve in sustainable building projects. Therefore, all our Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF), manufactured at our Gympie plant has extremely low formaldehyde E0 rating. In addition, Laminex also has Super E0 Strandboard products and a range of low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) product options. Not only does this superior range of low emission products improve indoor air quality, but can accrue Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) points in the Green Star Materials Calculator

Global GreenTag International

Laminex Australia is proud to have been the first business in our category to achieve a Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate™ and LCARate™ PLUS dual certification for all our raw and decorated MDF products. The GreenTag CertTM program is a globally respected environmental certification system, recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and New Zealand (NZGBC) Green Star rating tools. LCARate PLUS is a detailed, audited Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) rating system.

GBCA has introduced three different levels (A, B and C) into the certification of the Green Star ‘Sustainable Products’ credits in ‘Design and As Built’ and ‘Interiors’ rating tools and ‘Refurbishment Products’ credit in the ‘Performance’ rating tool introduced in 2016.

The Green Star Legacy rating tools Materials Calculators point scores also use the levels (A, B and C) ratings in the Joinery, Tables, Storage, Workstation, Walls and Partitions ‘Materials’. These levels are now certified by GBCA accredited third party certifiers. Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate is one such scheme. Laminex Australia has achieved a GreenRate Level A for a host of products listed within our Green First brochure.

As a result of the ‘Excellent Product’ GreenTagCertTM LCARate Gold rating and ‘Net Carbon Sink’ characteristics of our panel board products as demonstrated by the resultant GreenTagCertTM issued and ISO 14025 compliant Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Laminex GreenTagCertTM certified products are also able to support projects wanting to achieve the Green Star ‘Life Cycle Impacts’ credits.

Timber Certifications

As a large manufacturer of wood products, Laminex Australia respects and supports responsible forest management, and are committed to producing quality products that are backed by globally recognised certifications. Laminex offers a growing range of Forest Steward Council® (FSC®) and Australian Forestry Standard/Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (AFS/PEFC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certified products. This means all certified wood products from these certified plants can be traced, from processing to distribution and are produced using legally-sourced wood fibres from certified sustainably managed forests.

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Manufacturing Excellence

As a large manufacturer of decorative surfaces and wood based products, Laminex® Australia respects the environment and engages the very best manufacturing practices and certification processes. We maintain an ISO 14001 Certification for all manufacturing sites and are proud to have achieved timber certifications for five of our sites across Australia.

Timber Certified Sites

Laminex Australia is proud to have a selection of Forest Steward Council® (FSC®) and Australian Forestry Standard/Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (AFS/PEFC) Chain of Custody (CoC) Certified sites. For a full list of sites and products, please download a copy of our GreenFirst brochure.

NB - certain certifications relate to certain products only. For further information please refer to the respective product schedules in the Timber CoC certificates section.

Water, Energy Conservation and Waste Management

As a company, we are continually striving to reduce our carbon emissions and undertaking various initiatives to minimise water usage and wastage. The Laminex Gympie (QLD) MDF plant has water recycling and reusing programs to improve self-sufficiency and is a zero water emission site. The MDF manufacturing processes obtain more than 60% of their energy from burning unusable wood wastes, thus reducing the demand on fossil fuels, landfill and reducing the embedded energy in their products.

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Certificates and Reports

For your convenience, we have made available all our current certificates and reports and other supporting documentation you may require for tenders or Green Star submissions. Here you will find; Formaldehyde Emissions reports, VOC certificates, FSC and AFS/PEFC CoC certificates, Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate and LCA Rate certificates.

Emissions and VOC

Formaldehyde Emissions Reports and Greenguard Certificates:

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Timber CoC Certificates

Laminex® Australia maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody (CoC) and/or AFS/PEFC (Australian Forestry Standard/Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification) CoC for a number of our sites. This means all certified wood products from these certified plants can be traced, from processing to distribution, and are produced using legally-sourced wood fibres. Downloads

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Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag Certificates:

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Timber CoC Certificates

Laminex® Australia maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody (CoC) and/or AFS/PEFC (Australian Forestry Standard/Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification) CoC for a number of our sites. This means all certified wood products from these certified plants can be traced, from processing to distribution, and are produced using legally-sourced wood fibres. Downloads
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Green Star

As a member of the Green Building Council of Australia, Laminex® Australia collaborates closely with the GBCA to deliver product solutions that can assist in satisfying requirements of Green Star sustainable building projects. Such attributes are available across a wide range of products, providing choice and technical support when specifying projects where environmental credentials are paramount. For further product information, please download our GreenFirst brochure. Below is a snap shot of how certain product attributes, found in many of our ranges, can help accrue valuable Green Star credits.

*Refer to pages 9-12 of the Green Star Materials Calculator Guide

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